France: Growing opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’

Source: FSSPX News

Several hundreds of thousands of protestors met in Paris on March 24, 2013, to demonstrate against the bill on same-sex ‘marriage’ and adoption by same-sex couples. This past January 13, the previous protest against the bill on “marriage for everyone” brought out a million people according to the organizers. This time, 1.4 million protestors turned up. They met on the Avenue de la Grande Armée, which becomes the Champs Elysées on the far side of the Place de l'Etoile. The president of the UMP, Jean- François Copé, called on supporters of the main opposition party to join the protest; several elected representatives did so, including former minister Laurent Wauquiez.

The text of the legislation, which would allow same-sex couples to marry and to adopt, was passed by the chamber of deputies on February 12 after a tumultuous marathon debate. It now falls to the Senate to examine the proposed legislation as of April 4. On introducing the bill, the justice minister, Christiane Taubira, stated that marriage is “an act of freedom, freedom to choose one another, to live together, to divorce, and not to marry. We will turn it into an act of equality. This is a welcome into our common home!” she announced in her speech, in which she quoted Verlaine, Hegel, and Aimé Césaire.

Those opposed to the bill have made themselves heard in various ways below the windows of the Palais du Luxembourg. The group La Manif pour Tous organized protest marches on January 13 and March 24 with flags, whistles, tam-tams, tins, pots and pans. The Civitas Institute, which also led two protests in November and in January, has organized evening and daytime prayers from April 4 to the 12th. Several hundred people met on the evening of April 4 to say the rosary, and at least 2000 participated in the Way of the Cross around the Senate on April 6.

The debate should continue until mid-April. Around 280 amendments and three motions of the opposition intended to stop the legislation have been thrown out. The socialist government wants the law allowing same-sex ‘marriage’ to be passed definitively before the summer holidays.

(Sources: – Agence France Presse – Le Nouvel Observateur – Civitas – DICI no. 273, 12/04/13)

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